Diana Ross a devil in a dress?

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diana-rossIn an unauthorized biography author Mark Ribowsky claims that Diana Ross is a cruel back-stabber, who rose to fame by stepping on her fellow Supremes and sleeping her way to the top of Motown . Riblowsky who also penned He’s A Rebel a biography of Phil Spector claims to have gotten the inside scoop from friends and family and Motown insiders.  The Supremes: A Saga of Motown Dreams, Success, and Betrayal hits shelves June 29.

0306815869Sounds juicy!

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The Piranio brothers of Dallas

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The Piranio brothers of Corleone founded the Dallas Mafia.

The Dallas crime family was founded around 1921 by brothers Carlo and Joseph Piranio from Corleone. The Piranio brothers were part of a network of immigrants from this town, related through blood and marriage, active in the Mafia in Corleone and in American cities including New York, New Orleans, Dallas, and Los Angeles, in the first half of the 20th century. Along with Giuseppe Morello, Leoluca “Mr. Luke” Trumbatore, and Ignacio “Jack” Dragna, Carlo and Joe Piranio are among the first Mafia bosses in the United States. All were born in Corleone.

Carlo Piranio source Viralnova Carlo Piranio (Source: Viralnova)

Carlo was born Calogero Piranio on 21 May 1875, the son of Arcangelo Piranio and Orsola Trumbatore. He was named after his paternal grandfather, as is traditional in Corleone for the first born son. The surname “Piranio” is sometimes misspelled “Pirano” when referring to Carlo…

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Diana Ross live in concert at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

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Diana Ross is a living a legend. Her fantastic live shows and TV appearances, especially the ones in the 1970s and 1980s, are two things that made Diana Ross a legend.

Her concert at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas in 1979 is one of those legendary live shows. This concert was later televised and has also surfaced on various DVD releases in later years and of course on YouTube.


In the two first videos below Diana Ross sings Touch Me In The Morning and The Boss from this concert.

This is such a fantastic show from beginning to end. The opening and closing of the show is magnificent! See the entire concert from beginning to end in the last video below!

See my other blog post about Diana Ross here and here. I also recommend you to check out The Official Diana Ross Facebook Page and this wonderful fan site.

I especially recommend the wonderful blog 

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The Bones Howe Sessions (Released 2002)


“And all too soon it was so easy to tell that I was winning in a game…”

March 26, 2002 marked Diana Ross’s 58th birthday, but it was her legions of fans that received an amazing birthday gift.  Motown finally re-released her 1970 debut album, Diana Ross, which had been out-of-print for some time; better yet, the CD came loaded with eight bonus tracks, including live performances, alternate vocals takes, and — best of all — a batch of tracks from the vaults.  Those tracks were produced by Bones Howe, and had apparently been recorded as possibilities for Miss Ross’s debut album as a solo artist.  Her former manager Shelly Burger is quoted in the liner notes of that re-release:  “I had known Bones for a while and he was very hot at the time, particularly with the Fifth Dimension.  The thought was we should go outside the company to do…

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Diana Ross (1970)


“What a feeling it is to know, you’re in my corner and you won’t let me go…”

It is so common these days for a group member to break out and release a solo album (think Michael Jackson…Bobby Brown…Beyonce…Justin Timberlake…Fergie…etc.) that it’s hard to imagine what a unique occurrence it was back in 1970, when Diana Ross finally left The Supremes and struck out on her own.  In hindsight – with the knowledge of her subsequent six solo #1 hits, Oscar-nominated acting career, and critically-praised live performances – it seems like a no-brainer that Diana Ross would be a success.  But back in 1970, as the lead singer of the most successful female trio and Motown group ever stepped onto the stage alone, it apparently wasn’t necessarily so.  Diana herself has said that after nearly a decade of building a brand – The Supremes – she had no idea how…

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In Search of Black Assassins


In 1953, the same year the CIA/MK ULTRA program was formed, Dick (Richard Claxton) Gregory left college to join or was drafted into the U.S. Army, where his commanding officer (Ft. Hood, Texas, Ft Lee, Virginia or Ft. Smith)[1] designated and assigned him as a black “comedian” to host and perform comedy routines in military shows.[2] That’s interesting that the U.S. Military will make you a “comedian”, too.


In 1953, Hugh Hefner setup Playboy, which was eventually revealed to be banked by the CIA.[3]  Sometime before 1961, Dick Gregory formed some type of special personal relationship with Hefner (Mythological PUCK). In 1961, Hefner put Gregory on the payroll of his Chicago Playboy Club that opened the door to his HollyWeird career. It is more accurate to say that the “Gates of Hell” had opened upon…

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The Wiz (Original Soundtrack) (1978)


“There’s nothing here but the fear of will I try?  And can I stare it in the eye?”

As of 1978, Diana Ross’s film career had been brief but hugely successful, and had led her to new heights as a recording artist, as well.  Her first film, Lady Sings The Blues, netted her an Oscar nomination as Best Actress and had produced a #1 soundtrack album, and her second motion picture, Mahogany, was popular with audiences and featured an Oscar-nominated, #1 hit love theme.  Depite being her biggest budget and highest profile movie project to date, 1978’s The Wiz failed to duplicate her earlier successes on both the silver screen and on radio; critics just couldn’t accept Diana Ross as the “Dorothy” character in this urban take on The Wizard Of Oz, and the movie ended up losing money.  The soundtrack, meanwhile, was only a minor success; though it…

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